10 Dec 2013

Mood Boards // Workspace Inspiration

So lots of you have asked me what a mood board is and I touched briefly on the topic in my Organising Inspiration Post a few weeks back. Mood Boards are full of inspiration for style, design and even colour palettes. I use mood boards all the time and today I'm going to take you through making one with a focus on desk + workspace inspiration. But you can change it to suit your needs, if it's fashion design or blog design. But mood boards are use heaps by designers of all sorts.

Tip #1 
Organising your thoughts + ideas

The first step of creating your mood board, is finding images, fabric samples, magazine clippings, sketches that you like and want to take inspiration from. Maybe you have been collecting and organising inspiration for a while. I use Pinterest and magazines to find content. It's a way to organise your thoughts as you go through the designing process

Tip #2 
Removing Visual Issues

Even if I am making a mood board on photoshop, I still like to print out my photos that I have found on Pinterest first from my Studio + Workspace board on Pinterest. When you lay out the photos, you will find images that don't work or don't keep with the theme. Sometimes this is good but in my case I was going with white and then wooden + colour accents. But another photo that I really like has a bright blue chair in it. As much as I love the chair, it doesn't fit the theme and continus flow. I removed these images from the layout and I could see a theme and a flow to the images. I then put all the photos in photoshop and made my mood board. But you could stick your mood board into a journal or just on a poster or even on your wall! It's up to you!

Tip #3 
Being more Original

With my mood board (now printed) beside me, I then start drawing out ideas with the furniture and layout of the room that I have. This means you don't get annoyed if something that you draw doesn't work with your room. For example if you draw something on a shelf and you don't have a shelf - it makes you want to go buy a shelf, but it may not be necessary if you look what you already have available to you. Using this technique you can make a more original idea that you love and designed without copying from your mood board. Always remember to use your mood board as a base not the design you are going to use.


Hope you get some use out of this post and enjoyed looking at my designing process that I use everyday. If you have any questions, just comment and I'll reply ASAP. And don't worry I'm going to be sharing my room soon after I finish redoing it.
Harri x



  1. I love using pinterest for inspiration. Cant wait to see your room x


  2. I love creating moodboards! I normally just use illustrator though since you can create clipping masks in it too. I uploaded one today to do with a web design unit!

  3. Oh. My. Goodness. This is just an inspirational overload haha! ;) I really, super love your journals so this post helped a lot with the process of making mine. And also, you are a very talented drawer, I really do wish I could draw like you.
    Oh and I love your theme of your proposed room. I am re-doing my room this Summer so hopefully I can take note of organising and planning out ideas.

    Imogen Xx

  4. Oh Pinterest is AHMAZING!
    Mood Boards are soooooo useful and I love looking at Roomspiration!
    Your journals are sooooooooooo inspirational and I find them soooo entertaining to just stare at lol!
    Have a great day!
    Alex XOXO

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